Shared Joy and Shared Pain, Shared Humanity

Saasha Reese, Training and Development Specialist 

In her book, Braving the Wilderness, Brené Brown discusses how shared joy and shared pain also reveal a shared humanity. There are moments in history that have such great capacity to bring the masses together. We may just be in one of those moments. While Covid-19 has very quickly changed the way we work and live, we also are in this global moment where it can change the way we connect as well.  

As we practice social distancing, let us not socially isolate. This is an opportunity for innovation in how we display Broncho Community through getting creative with technology and remembering to reach out to our colleagues and students. This is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to look back on this time and say, “I felt so cared for!”  

For a deeper dive, be sure to read Brené Brown’s full article on the topic.  

Buddy Broncho made his first appearance in UCO's own newspaper The Vista. It was the October 3, 1932, issue where a Broncho appears wearing a UCO football uniform. He has appeared numerous times throughout the years from local Edmond papers in the 60's to state-wide papers in the 80's. The commissioning of the first ever live mascot appears in UCO's 1979 Bronze Book where Buddy Broncho made his first public appearance at Homecoming. Since that time, Buddy has been a fixture at UCO events and in the hearts of UCO students.